Course Information

Course Details

Course Schedule

Who's who in the Micro Lab

Resources

Lab Manual (pdfs of printed version)

Virtual Microscope

Electron Microscopy Atlas

Histology Atlas

Videodisk Review Guide

Vocabulary List

Lab Focus Questions

Practice Written Questions: Annotated

Practice Written Questions: Non-Annotated

Practice Practical Exam

Practical Exam Information

Tutorials

Review Videos

Frequently asked questions (F.A.Q.s)

Equipment Repair Form

About the Virtual Microscope

Welcome to Microanatomy

Course Directors: Janet Smith, Ph.D. and Haviva Goldman, Ph.D.

Microscopic anatomy is the study of cells, tissues, organs & organ systems at the light microscope and electron microscope levels. One of the recurring themes of the course is that structure reflects function. This is expressed at the cellular level in the morphology, abundance and intracellular location of the organelles. A careful study of the structure of any differentiated cell should allow you to make an educated guess as to what that cellís main function is likely to be. Another important concept in Microscopic Anatomy is that disease processes are often accompanied by or result from structural changes in the affected tissues and organs. Thus an important part of Microscopic Anatomy is developing the skill of pattern recognition, so that you can identify the normal structural features of each organ. Next year in Pathology you will learn the specifics of particular diseases and how to diagnose them, but you should leave the Microscopic Anatomy course with the ability to look at any organ and decide whether or not its structure falls within normal parameters.


The IFM Microscopic Anatomy course is taught by the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy. The objectives of the course are to:

  1. Teach the structure of cells, tissues & organs at the microscopic level, with an emphasis on clinical relevance.
  2. Demonstrate the principle that structure reflects function.
  3. Conceptually connect the molecular events discussed in Biochemistry and Physiology to the macroscopic structures studied in Gross Anatomy.
  4. Provide students with the necessary background for Pathology.
  5. Prepare students for Board Exams.
  6. Foster the development of professionalism among students.
   
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